Dear English Teacher, As a student of color and someone who follows the religion of Islam, I want representation for all minorities and underrepresented people, so I strongly believe that the English literature standards should include literature written by people of color and by people of different religions and ethnicities. The Literary Canon is aContinue reading “By H.A.”
Dear English Teacher, As a highschool student I believe that, although there are some with good messages, a lot of the Canon or traditional texts taught as highschool literature is outdated and should be replaced with more intriguing, modern texts. The Canon is a list of texts written by “classic” or “traditional” authors with booksContinue reading “By Keon Stone”
Dear English Teacher, As a sophomore student in high school, I’ve read a pretty fair amount of canonical texts within the high school English curriculum. I’ve read a lot, yet I noticed that the English curriculum could use a few upgrades. So, I mustered up all my courage and have decided to speak up aboutContinue reading “By S.M.”
Educators should take special measures to teach their students about different cultures and people. As communities and schools become more diverse, it’s important for teachers to find ways to improve their lessons to promote acceptance of cultural differences and help students have a better understanding of other cultures as well. The cultural, racial, and ethnicContinue reading “By Amran”
Dear English Teacher, My name is Alejandro Soto, I am a sophomore at Metro Early College high school. Throughout my reading courses, I have experienced many accounts of boredom, and felt no real connection to the materials taught in most of my reading courses. Personally, my cultural background and my families are very diverse, givingContinue reading “By Alejandro Soto”
Dear English Teacher, As a high school student, I think very highly of the texts that are taught during school. Going through my many English classes, I began to grow a respect for reading. Looking more in-depth at the text that were introduced, I began to see a pattern, which was defined to me asContinue reading “By Rhoda Buaful”
Dear English Teacher, In a 1998 Stanford University study, researchers studied a group of African-American 11th-grade English students, observing how they reacted to reading texts written by African-American authors, in place of the traditional canonical texts by white authors. They found that students who were previously failing were able to strengthen their overall literacy testContinue reading “By Muji Lai”
Hello, and welcome to Dear English Teacher! This page will be home to many great suggestions by students for what they want to see taught in English classes and why. Right now, students are busy working on these letters, and they will be posted as they are received!